These shows offer exciting live theatre, curricular connections, and artistic excellence, all in one package. Toby’s Theatrical Arts Productions (TAP) also provide a Common Core specific study guide for each student with pre and post lessons and extension activities.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!
Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst. Music by Shelly Markham.
Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his best friend anymore. And if that’s not bad enough, Alexander’s brothers don’t have any cavities – but he does! And just when it can’t get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and – yuck!- kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize the bad days happen – even in Australia
October 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31
November 1, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22
December 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20
This show fits in nicely with lessons in: TEAMWORK, COMMUNITY, RELATIONSHIPS, LANGUAGE OF LESSONS, and DETERMINATION and has ANTI-BULLYING themes.
*Recommended for Grades 1 through 4.
In this fast-paced show, we meet Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Audiences will enjoy this portrayal of his determination, despite seemingly insurmountable racism. The story is driven by Branch Rickey, the owner of the Dodgers who dared to sign Robinson, who guides Robinson while believing in him and his talent. Many characters move in and out of the story that both support Robinson, and attempt to keep him down. Robinson’s use of nonviolence and unquestionable talent challenged the rules of segregation, and therefore impacted American life. We are very proud of our production of MVP and how we bring Jackie Robinson’s story to life. In an effort to keep our story telling organic, we have chosen to include some harsh language and racial slurs that we hope helps our audiences understand the bigotry Jackie experienced.
January 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31
February 3, 4, 6, 7, 10,11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28
This show fits in nicely with lessons in: MAKING A DIFFERENCE, HEROES, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDERTHAN WORDS, INVESTIGATING PERSONAL STRENGTH, and DETERMINATION, FACING INJUSTICES, and has ANTI-BULLYING themes.
*Recommended for Upper Elementary, Middle & High School.
Goldilocks on the Path: A Fable with Hansel, Rumple, and a Very Mean Witch
Book by Carole Graham Lehan
Music and Lyrics by Christopher Youstra
An original Theatrical Arts Production that combines the stories of Goldilocks, Hansel & Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin and Red Cape (Red Riding Hood). Goldilocks, our villain, entices our characters to follow her down the path of bad choices. This time The Big Bad Wolf is determined to make a better choice than he did with those Three Pigs, when he comes face to face with Red Cape. Will the Mean Witch and Rumpelstiltskin make good choices too? The Storyteller announces that if these villains do selfish and greedy deeds, they risk being bound to their bad choices. Will these characters learn the power of kindness and friendship and or will they follow Goldilocks? This is a sequel to Goldilocks and the Three Billy Pigs Gruff, but stands alone if you didn’t see the first tales the of three. More fun costumes, clever writing and catchy music will delight your students!
March 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12,13, 16, 17, 19, 20
May 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
This show fits in nicely with lessons in: HOW THINGS CHANGE, CARING ABOUT MYSELF AND OTHERS, RHYTHM AND RHYME, COMMUNITY, RELATIONSHIPS, and has ANTI-BULLYING themes.
*Recommended for grades Pre-K through 2nd
The Diary of Anne Frank
Dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based on the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Edited by Otto Frank
Back when this play had its time on Broadway, it received unanimous acclaim from all the top New York reviewers. It’s a lovely tender drama, told with honesty and courage. The shining spirit of this young girl continues to filter down through the years and inspire hope. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive and theatrical narrative out of the real-life legacy left to us by a spirited and straightforward Jewish girl. There is beauty and warm humor in this story, and our theatre in the round adds to the intimate feeling, making the audience feel as though they are in the annex with these brave families. Its powerful messages of hope and strength will give your students an experience they will never forget.
April 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 30
May 1, 4, 5, 7, 8
This show fits in nicely with lessons in: ANTI-BULLYING, MAKING A DIFFERENCE, HEROES, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, INVESTIGATING PERSONAL STRENGTH, and DETERMINATION, FACING INJUSTICES.
*Recommended for Upper Elementary, Middle & High School.
- Tickets are $11 per student for groups of 20 people or more. One chaperone seat free of charge for every 10 student seats. Reduced price tickets for Title 1 schools available with certain restrictions. Please inquire.
- For groups under 20 people, tickets are $14 per person. Inquire about school subscription plans to get $1 off per show ticket!
Shows are at 10 AM with 12 Noon performances on selected afternoons. If you wish to book the entire house (230 seat minimum), with enough advanced notice, alternate show times can be considered.
Shows are performed at our Columbia location at 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD 21044, located immediately off Route 29 (provides easy access for all schools in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor).
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Once a reservation request is made, a contract will be sent out within the week. A signed contract is due back within 2 weeks with a deposit of $50 to hold your reservation. This deposit will guarantee your seats. Balance is due in full three (3) weeks prior to your show date. Any negligence in payment may result in a cancellation of your reservation, and a forfeit of your $50 deposit.
- Performances are approximately one hour in length, and are followed by a brief post show discussion led by the actors participating in the show.
- Doors open for seating one half hour prior to the start of the show.
- Recording devices and cameras are prohibited during the performance due to copyright laws.
- Please bring enough chaperones to ensure orderly behavior of your group.
- Please notify us upon ordering if any members have special needs. We are more than happy to accommodate.
- Due to the nature of theatrical bookings, all programs and times are subject to change.
- Please inquire about our inclement weather policy.
- No food or drinks allowed in the theatre during the performance.
- LATE ARRIVALS: In the event you are running late, please notify us immediately! We will make our best effort to accommodate late arrivals up to 10 minutes past the shows original start time. After the allotted 10 minutes, the stage manager must make a decision to begin the show without you.